Injuries and slumps can have a damaging impact on fantasy baseball rosters, especially during this crucial time heading into August. Here are two options who are on the waiver wire and can provide immediate help for fantasy baseball owners.

Ben Paulsen

It might be that you’re still trying to replace Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera or possibly your first baseman has entered a month-long slump; whatever the reason, Colorado Rockies first baseman Ben Paulsen can fill in for the foreseeable future.

Paulsen finished July 26 a double shy of hitting for the cycle when he knocked in four runs on two homers. In the last four games, he’s 7-for-16 with five RBIs and four runs.

In far fewer at-bats than the top first basemen in the last 30 days, Paulsen trails by seven runs behind Major League Baseball’s leader at first base during that time. He also has a .290 batting average, good enough for 10th-best among first basemen in the past 30 days.

Getting enough at-bats could be an issue, but he should see plenty of playing time going forward.

Carlos Sanchez

Here’s a dark-horse candidate for second base in fantasy baseball leagues. The Chicago White Sox are on fire and most of it is due to the sudden resurgence of its offense.

Second baseman Carlos Sanchez is part of that recent upward trend in batting and he’s available in virtually all fantasy baseball leagues.

In the last seven games, Sanchez has six runs, two home runs, a .400 batting average and .423 on-base percentage. This could be a flash in the pan, or it could be a trend.

Since the All-Star break, Sanchez has hits in 11 of 12 games. Among second basemen with at least 10 games played since the break, Sanchez is tied for third in batting average with .386, while his on-base percentage of .413 is ranked eighth among those same players.

The schedule will get tougher for the White Sox, so be tepid with buying up White Sox players. However, Sanchez has shown since the All-Star break this may not be a short-term surge.

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